Carbon Coco – Natural Teeth Whitening

This is the first teeth whitening solution I have tried that doesn’t hurt my teeth and make them super sensitive. Carbon Coco is a natural teeth whitener made with activated charcoal without any toxic chemicals. In addition to whitening your teeth, it also strengthens your enamel, detoxifies your mouth, prevents bad breath, removes plaque, and prevents harmful bacteria. The only ingredients are organic coconut activated charcoal, lemon myrtle, and a little bentonite powder. I was a little hesitant to use it at first because the thought of putting charcoal on my teeth sounded a little intense to be using, but it was the exact opposite. My before and after photo above shows my results after just 1 week. It’s not a super dramatic difference but I can tell that it is working. I can’t wait to see what they’ll look like a week from now and even a month from now. I’m realizing more how important it is for me to be about the gradual process of whitening gently than immediate and quick results. Usually the teeth whiteners that show a fast and dramatic difference from my experience have been extremely damaging to my teeth. I love how Carbon Coco is effective but gentle. The whitening solution comes in a jar with a loose powder texture that you dip your damp toothbrush into. I do mine every morning (after enjoying a cup of coffee) and brush it on my teeth for 3 minutes. I then follow with the charcoal toothpaste for an additional 3 minutes. Tips: Make sure you floss your teeth afterwards and brush your tongue as well. A couple of times I realized an hour later that I had black specs near my gums from the leftover charcoal that I missed. I would also advise not to wear a white or light shirt when first starting to use it. Some of the charcoal if you’re not careful could fall on it. Another tip: your mouth will be full of charcoal and when you spit into the sink, it’s obviously going to be black. Run the sink water first before spitting it out to ensure that it doesn’t splatter all over your sink. Overall I’m really liking this product and I’ll definitely continue to use it! You can get all of Carbon Coco’s products here: Carbon Coco

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My Makeup Brush Set- Wooden Brushes

Happy New Year everyone! I’m pretty excited about this year and am definitely anticipating a lot of joy, family, travel adventures, and fun. Welcome to my first blog post of the year! I received this brush set from My Makeup Brush Set and thought it would be fun to do a date night look to test them out. These brushes are really soft! There’s a mixture of synthetic and natural hair bristles, and every brush you need to do any kind of makeup look. As a makeup artist it’s always nice having multiple brushes on hand. I was pleasantly surprised with the quality of the majority of the brushes! I did have a couple of the eyeshadow brushes shed a couple bristles, but they applied the shadow evenly and I was able to buff in the pigment nicely. If you’re in need of some new brushes and are on a budget, I recommend giving them a try. This 32 piece brush set with the case is just under $30 which is a pretty great deal! There’s a huge variety of shadow brushes, smudge brushes and powder brushes, and it includes a brow comb, lip brushes, and two fan brushes. For this look I used the IT CC Cream for my foundation, a Too Faced bronzer, the Becca Champagne Pop highlighter, the Tarteist Lip Paint in Birthday Suit, a Dior eyeshadow palette called Embrace, the black Stila Liquid Eyeliner, and the Dior It Lash mascara. It’s been awhile since I’ve done a full face of makeup! I’ve been really into more natural and quick makeup looks, but it was fun to dig into all my products. If you all enjoy makeup posts, let me know and I’ll do some more of them this year! Much love to all reading this and thanks for the support. Be blessed this year! -Love, Kari